By Steve Lansdale
LAWRENCE, Kan. — All season, the Texas Longhorns have been viewed as the prohibitive favorite in the Big 12. After Wednesday’s four-set loss to Kansas, the conference hierarchy is a bit murkier.
The Jayhawks knocked off the No. 4 Longhorns, 1-3 (25-18, 28-26, 20-25, 25-23) at Horesji Family Athletics Center to hand UT its first loss of the season in Big 12 play. Texas fell to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in Big 12 matches, while Kansas improved to 12-4 overall and 5-0 in against Big 12 opponents.
The loss was the Longhorns’ first in the last 25 matches against a Big 12 team.
Junior Micaya White led the Texas offense with 16 kills, adding three digs and a pair of blocks. Freshman Logan Eggleston added 12 kills and five digs, while senior Morgan Johnson had eight kills and a team-high four blocks.
Ashley Shook set the table for her teammates with a team-leading 37 assists, and added seven digs and three aces, while Sydney Peterson led the UT defense with 15 digs.
Texas will remain north of the Red River for its next match, as the Longhorns take on Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Saturday in Norman.